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Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)


The Shelduck has a length of 61cm and can weigh 1,100g-1,450g for males, and 850g-1,250g for females. Males have a noticeable bulge on top of their bill. They have a largely white body, with black along the underwings and their back, a dark green-black head, and a chestnut band across their breast. Moulting flocks can be very large, since most pairs leave partially grown young with just one or two adults.


The Shelduck usually live in shallow coasts and estuaries.


The Shelduck feed primarily invertebrates, especially small molluscs and crustaceans.

Protection Status 

Listed as species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.


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